Joseph Mallord William Turner

Seven Sketches of Views from the Simplon Road; Including One of Feriolo

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14298
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 79

Catalogue entry

Turner left Lake Maggiore at Baveno and from here took the road north-west into the Swiss Alps towards the Simplon Pass (for a full discussion see the introduction to the sketchbook, and also the introduction to the Passage of the Simplon sketchbook, Tate, Turner Bequest CXCIV). This page contains seven distinct landscape views, all of which are likely to relate to Turner’s journey along the Simplon road.1 The schematic nature of the drawings suggests that the artist was sketching on the move and their appearance is also consistent with the jolting movement of a diligence, a public carriage used in northern Italy. The views are too rough to be conclusively identified. However, an inscription by Turner indicates that one is a view of Feriolo, a village approximately a mile and a half north-west of Baveno.
Further sketches documenting the route between Baveno and Domodossola can be found on folio 80 verso (D14299; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 79a).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
See Crimi 2009, p.66.

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